Essay on Mentorship in Nursing

4723 Words Jun 6th, 2013 19 Pages
Mentoring has been established in a variety of fields for many years. Within nursing, the term ‘mentor’ denotes “A nurse, midwife or specialist community public health nurse who facilitates learning and supervises and assesses students in a practice setting”, (Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) 2005). The essay will explore the role of the mentor in the field of nursing, with personal reflection on the authors experience as a mentor in my current role as a community mental health nurse (CMHN). The mentor-mentee learning relationship will be explored and the application of teaching and learning strategies will be examined.

The essay will also discuss the responsibility of the mentor in relation to self, others and the professional
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Experience in this process would suggest that individual selection is somewhat unfeasible in most placement areas due to the limited number of qualified mentors available to support students.

Research would suggest that within the mental health nursing field, good quality practice placements are particularly important since it is this which influences students’ attitudes towards seeking a career in this field (Dreary, Watson and Hogston 2003, Glossop 2002, Happell 2000, Rushworth and Happell 2000, Ferguson and Hope 1999). From the perspective of the organisation therefore, the role of the mentor in ensuring that the placements are successful is considered paramount. Good quality practice placements result from effective preparation for students on behalf of the placement provider and the individual mentor.

Central to the learning process is the environment in which the learning takes place and attention to this by the mentor is the first step in preparing for a student. As Munukka, Pukuri, Linnainmaa and Kilkku (2002) identify, “it is the learning environment that determines how ownership of a subject is comprehended”. In considering the environment, both cultural and physical elements must be taken into account. Eaton (1999) emphasises the importance of a dedicated manager and a committed workforce in creating a cultural milieu that is conducive to learning. Poor placements with mediocre

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